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The economics of forced labor : the Soviet Gulag / edited by Paul R. Gregory and Valery Lazarev
Bib ID 3062461
Format BookBook
Description Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press, 2003 
xvii, 212 p. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0817939423
Series

Hoover Institution Press publication ; no. 518.

Summary

"The authors examine the various forms of coercion and the channels through which coerced labor was distributed from the late 1930s to Stalin's death in 1953 and reveal why the Gulag emerged and its perceived economic rationale. They detail the chronology of the Gulag from the first major projects - such as the White Sea - Baltic Canal and the Norilsk metallurgy complex - to later, unfinished plans. The book reveals how Soviet leadership desperately sought to find the right balance between coercion and material incentives for the labor force - and how material incentives played an increasingly greater role in later years. We also learn of the day-to-day costs of maintaining the Gulag and the great costs of coercion - lost productivity and rising criminality."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Foreword / Robert Conquest
  • 1. An Introduction to the Economics of the Gulag / Paul Gregory
  • 2. Forced Labor in Soviet Industry: The End of the 1930s to the Mid-1950s: An Overview / Andrei Sokolov
  • 3. The Economy of the OGPU, NKVD, and MVD of the USSR, 1930-1953: The Scale, Structure, and Trends of Development / Oleg Khlevnyuk
  • 4. The End of the Gulag / Aleksei Tikhonov
  • 5. Coercion versus Motivation: Forced Labor in Norilsk / Leonid Borodkin and Simon Ertz
  • 6. Magadan and the Economic History of Dalstroi in the 1930s / David Nordlander
  • 7. Building Norilsk / Simon Ertz
  • 8. The White Sea-Baltic Canal / Mikhail Morukov
  • 9. The Gulag in Karelia: 1929 to 1941 / Christopher Joyce
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Prison industries -- Economic aspects -- Soviet Union.  |  Forced labor -- Economic aspects -- Soviet Union.  |  Industrialization -- Soviet Union.  |  Soviet Union -- Economic conditions.  |  Soviet Union -- Politics and government.
Other authors/contributors Lazarev, V. V. (Valeriĭ Vasilʹevich)  |  Gregory, Paul R

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